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Ridiculously Easy Microwave Lemon Curd
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
11 mins
Making homemade lemon curd can be a complicated process. Not this Microwave Lemon Curd! It's silky smooth, bursting with bright lemon flavor and comes together in minutes!
Course: Condiments, Dessert Sauce, Sauce
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Easy Microwave Lemon Curd, Microwave Lemon Curd
Servings: 32 1 tablespoon servings
Calories: 60 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 cup sugar
  • finely grated zest from 2 lemons
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 egg yolks reserve the whites for another use or discard
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 ounces salted butter (1 stick) cut into cubes
  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, egg yolks, lemon juice and salt (⅛ teaspoon if using unsalted butter) until smooth. Add butter cubes. Microwave on high power for 45 seconds. Remove and stir vigorously with a whisk.

  2. Continue to cook 45-second intervals, stirring after each interval. It will take 4-7 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. Lemon curd is done cooking when it coats the back of a metal spoon. You can also check it with an instant thermometer. It’s done when it reaches 175˚F.

  3. Remove from the microwave and whisk well. Add lemon zest and stir. Allow the curd to cool to room temperature. It will thicken as it cools. Cover and store in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above for further instructions and more detailed tips.

If using unsalted butter add a pinch (about ⅛ teaspoon of salt).

Nutrition Facts
Ridiculously Easy Microwave Lemon Curd
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 30mg1%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 128IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.